About the UK City of Culture competition and what Norwich has to do to win.
The Government has created the UK City of Culture competition because it is not until 2022 that another UK city can benefit from the European Capital of Culture programme in the way that both Glasgow and Liverpool have already done.
The UK competition is being run on behalf of the the Government by the DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport). The judging panel is chaired by Phil Redmond, Creative Director of Liverpool’s 2008 Capital of Culture and creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks.
The final bid has to be submitted by 21st May 2010. In June, the bid team makes a presentation to the panel in Liverpool. They then pass their verdict to the Secretary of State for Culture (currently Ben Bradshaw) for a final announcement in July.